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Resources and Publications
Resources and Publications
Internal Barriers to Trade (Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce)
...we have to recognize that the ability for Alberta companies in certain sectors to thrive (helping to advance the province’s goal of creating a more nimble, resilient and diversified economy), depends on more liberalized terms of trade. Specific sectors for Alberta that stand to benefit include agriculture, mining and the natural resource sector, as well as chemicals, transportation, and to a lesser extent food and beverage. Moreover, our service sector is highly dependent on internal trade as well, including finance, communications and information technology, transportation and storage, wholesale and retail trade - all of which stand to realize productivity gains with more liberalized terms of trade throughout our domestic market.
2016-17 Federal pre-budget submission - Annotated with policy wins
On behalf of the nearly 2,000 member businesses of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, our organization submitted a variety of recommendations to the federal government for consideration in the preparation of the 2016-17 federal budget. These recommendations reflected the economic priorities of the Calgary business community. As you very well know, our city is facing significant economic headwinds that are forcing us to re-evaluate the basis of our economic strength and chart a new path forward. While the challenges we face are certainly great, we were pleased to see some areas of support in the federal budget proposed on March 22nd. Below, please find an annotated version of the Calgary Chamber’s pre-budget submission, as well as excerpts from the 2016-17 budget that appear to address the priorities of our members.
2016-17 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission
The Calgary Chamber believes that a healthy and vibrant business community is essential to renewing the Alberta Advantage and strengthening the long-term economic prospects of our province. The Government of Alberta has an opportunity with the 2016-17 budget to set a clear vision for Alberta’s economic future, and ensure that our province is seen to be one of the best places in which to do business. In order to facilitate a path to economic recovery and prosperity, the Calgary Chamber has submitted six priorities it believes the government should consider as it develops its forthcoming fiscal plan.
Minimum Wage Joint Submission from Calgary and Edmonton Chambers of Commerce
The Calgary Chamber, along with our counterparts at the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, were privileged to participate in a Government of Alberta-led consultation session regarding the planned increase to the minimum wage earlier this month. Today, both the Calgary and Edmonton Chambers of Commerce are proud to submit a joint position paper calling on the government to delay any increase to the minimum wage in Alberta until more fulsome research and consultation has been conducted. While we support the Government of Alberta’s objective of reducing poverty and increasing social welfare, we feel that increasing the minimum wage is not the best method by which to achieve these objectives. Since a minimum wage increase of this magnitude has not been implemented in recent history, we feel that the economic implications should be carefully considered before moving ahead with any policy change.
Understanding minimum wage in Alberta
The Government of Alberta has outlined a plan to raise Alberta’s minimum wage from the current rate of $10.20 per hour to $15 per hour by 2018. At the Calgary Chamber we believe alleviating poverty and ensuring that all Albertans are paid a fair wage for a day’s work are important public policy concerns; ones that are nuanced and should be subjected to thorough analysis and frank dialogue. A change in minimum wage can have wide-ranging implications for families, businesses, employment and overall economic growth. These potential implications, and the nuances associated with them, need to be reflected on when considering reforms. Together with the Government of Alberta we look forward clarifying what problem we are trying to solve, and what the best course of action is.
Calgary’s flood recovery story: The business perspective
One thing we all knew was that this was a time when the business community needed our organization. I felt it imperative that we play a role in helping the business community recover from this disaster. Our directors and managers met regularly throughout the next week at an offsite location and quickly went to work assisting the business community in its recovery. We had a lot of ideas but we needed a framework for how to undertake each role, and how to divide the labour.
2015 ACC Resolution - Aboriginal Consultation
This resolution calls for Alberta’s Consultation Office to clarify how they define the scope and adequacy of consultation, as well as consider the adoption of a resource revenue sharing framework in full consultation with Alberta First Nations and industry.
2015 ACC Resolution - Alberta Investor Tax Credit
Because of early-stage capital investment inaccessibility challenges, the Calgary Chamber submitted this resolution calling for the Government of Alberta to establish a non-refundable tax credit equal to 30% of investment made in eligible SMEs against a resident’s provincial taxes.
2015 ACC Resolution - Alberta's leadership in the development of a Canadian energy strategy (2012 Renewal)
Successfully passed in 2012, this resolution was up for renewal. Recognizing the importance of greater harmonization between the federal government and the provinces on natural resource development and environmental protection, the Calgary Chamber pushed for its renewal. The resolution calls for Alberta to play a leadership role in the development of a Canadian energy strategy with the other provinces, as well as continued movement toward a “one project, one assessment” approach, which involves provincial leadership and equivalency agreements with the federal government.
2015 Federal budget: An overview by the Calgary Chamber
The Calgary Chamber is pleased to see that several of our priorities were addressed in the 2015 federal budget, including small business tax competitiveness, infrastructure investment, venture capital incentives, and skilled labour. Nonetheless, there are a few areas in which we would have liked to have seen greater commitment, and greater detail. As our nation continues to grapple with economic volatility, now more than ever the federal priority must be to support Canada's long-term competitiveness.
We’ve outlined some highlights, as well as our impressions of how well-positioned the budget is to tackle the Calgary business community’s greatest priorities.